Help with edge

Hey guys,

Can folks give me any tips with a problem that I'm having at the end of a row?

I'm currently working on the my so called scarf project. I have a very neat edge on one side, but on the other, I have some really loose stitches. The edge I'm having a problem with is the start of the purl row. The start of the knit row is solid. I can’t seem to figure what I’m doing wrong. And this has happened on other things I’ve knitted as well. Is it a tension issue?

I have a couple of pics to show you what I’m doing:

Bad edge:

Good Edge:

On a venting note, I went to my LYS to get the Manos yarn and they didn't have any and they suggested this Naro yarn as a good substitute. Although it is really soft and nice to touch, I'm not that thrilled with it. It is thick and thin yarn, which I don't care for and specifically asked the clerk about. :-/ But I will say I like the stitch and it is fun to do.

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OKknitguy's picture

i have problems with my purls being too loose. I continental, I will often English knit or purl on some stitches to tighten them up. I also will purl a different way, I guess I go backwards kind of, but it makes the stitch backwards on the needle, but tighter. You also can get a nice edge if you slip the first stitch. Those are just a few of the things I've done.

RK

Thanks, I'm not slipping a stitch, but this gave me the idea to a stitch from below (using the slack from the loose stitch) and then purl 3 together and the following the directions as written. This fixes the edge. Thanks a lot for the idea!
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"Let the beauty you love, be what you do" -- Rumi

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"Let the beauty you love, be what you do" -- Rumi

QueerJoe's picture

I would have to agree with RK that your purl stitches are probably looser than your knit stitches.

This stitch pattern doesn't really let you slip the first stitch of a row. Can you try purling back on a smaller needle to see if that changes anything?

I would love to see you knitting this in person so I could try and figure it out because your edges are very different, and they shouldn't be.

Thanks, I'm still not sure what I'm doing wrong. I played around a bit with the advice I received. When I start the purl row, I pick up a stitch from below (using the slack from the loose stitch) and then purl 3 together and the following the directions as written. That leaves me with two stitches like I need. It neats up the edge just great. Thanks again for your help!
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"Let the beauty you love, be what you do" -- Rumi

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"Let the beauty you love, be what you do" -- Rumi

The German Selvedge edge is nice too:

Slip the last stitch of the row with yarn in back,
Knit the first stitch of the row.

Thanks so much for this! I had never heard of the German selvedge before. I'm not sure I want to start in the middle of a project, but I will keep this in mind for future projects.
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"Let the beauty you love, be what you do" -- Rumi

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"Let the beauty you love, be what you do" -- Rumi

StuartWS's picture

I'm working on two projects right now, one Manos and one Noro. If you don't like thick/thin changes, you wouldn't have been any happier with the Manos! It's a little distracting to come across sportwieght segments in a worsted yarn, but they make a very interesting finish as it knits together. The Noro (kureyon) has some of that, but not as much. I like both yarns a lot.